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Soviet Ships: October 25

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By the time the quaratine went into effect, 14 of the 22 ships the CIA was watching had turned back towards Soviet ports. The other 8 were believed to still be heading towards Cuba.

 

Soviet Ships Still Believed to be Enroute as of 0600 on October 25, 1962

 

Soviet Ships Which Had Been Enroute But Were Now Returning to USSR as of 0600 on October 25, 1962

Yuri Gagarin Probably had altered course by noon on October 23 and was enroute towards the USSR. Was about 500 to 600 nautical miles from Cuban when course was altered.
Kimovsk Probably altered course around noon on October 23 and was enroute towards the USSR. An intercepted communication indicated it was enroute to the Baltic Sea. Was 700 to 800 miles off Cuba when it turned back.
Poltava Probably altered course around noon on October 23 and was now enroute towards the Mediterranean. Was in the mid-Atlantic when it turned around.
Metallurg Kurako Probably altered course around noon on October 23 and was now headed in an easterly direction. It was in the mid-Atlantic when it turned around.
Kislovodsk Probably altered course around noon on October 23 and was now headed towards the Baltic Sea.
Dolmatovo Probably altered course around noon on October 23 and was now headed towards the Baltic Sea.
Bolshevik Sukhanov Probably altered course around noon on October 23 and was now headed towards the Baltic Sea.
Urgench Enroute back to the Black Sea.
Fizik Vavilov Left the Mediterranean about October 23 and re-entered on October 24. Enroute back to the Black Sea.
Krasnograd Left the Baltic Sea on October 23 and returned on October 24.
Khirug Vishnevsky Left the Black Sea on October 23 and re-entered 20 hours later on the same day.
Okhotsk Turned around in the Mediterranean on October 23 and headed back to the Black Sea.
Mednogorsk Turned around in the Mediterranean on October 23 and headed back to the Black Sea.
Sergei Botkin Turned around in the Mediterranean on October 23 and headed back to the Black Sea.

 

Source Data: The data used in the map above come from CIA, “The Crisis: USSR/Cuba,” October 25, 1962, both in National Security Files, box 46, “Countries: Cuba, Subjects, CIA Memoranda, 10/23/62-10/25/62″ folder, John F. Kennedy Library.

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